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What Are True Wireless Earbuds?

True Wireless earbuds, sometimes referred to as TWS earbuds are earbuds with no wires anywhere. None, zip, zero, zilch. Isn’t that convenient?

Traditional Bluetooth earbuds have a wire that connects the left channel with the right channel. True Wireless earbuds use a Bluetooth connection to connect the right channel with the left channel. The Bluetooth connection in True Wireless earbuds eliminates the need for a wire to connect each earbud together.

Bluetooth Earbuds Explained
Traditional Bluetooth Earbuds

It’s important to note that while True Wireless earbuds do use Bluetooth to connect to each other, there is only one Bluetooth connection to the device that streams the audio. The way it works is that one of the earbuds is set as the parent earbud. That is the earbud that connects with the Bluetooth device (phone, tablet, etc.). Then the other earbud is the child so that one connects to the parent. Get it? Good!

True Wireless Earbuds Explained
True Wireless Earbuds

One of the best features of True Wireless earbuds is the ability/option to only use one earbud while streaming audio from your phone, computer, or other Bluetooth devices. When only listening to one earbud, the audio switches to mono mode. So both the right channel and left channel of the audio are combined so you don’t miss out on any stereo-mixed music. The ability to use one earbud in a set of True Wireless earbuds also makes it safer when riding a bike, running, or any other activity where you need to pay attention to your surroundings. Different states and areas have laws about diving with earbuds. Using one earbud may be legal in your area, you should check on that. This is a newer technology so don’t be surprised if the laws change rapidly.

I hope this helps you figure out the difference between wireless and true wireless Bluetooth connections. If you think I left anything out or if you want any more info, just leave a comment and I’ll try to help.